What's Will Freddy's Role Be This Year?
Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:17 AM
“I think we’ve got two good running backs that are established in this league that have done well. I think it’d be too soon to say exactly what (Jackson’s) role is. You see them in a lot of different situations. I think we have a lot of things we can do with them.”
Pat Kirwan says:
"The Bills are going to be a very dangerous "20" personnel team (two running backs. three wide receivers). Expect to see a lot of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller on the field together with Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods and probably T.J. Graham. Spiller can split out to wide receiver, Jackson is a willing blocker if they want to run power and there's lots of speed on the outside."
If Freddy returns to his 2011 form, he needs to be on the field. But where? Fortunately, as we all know, he's versatile. He's not a crushing lead blocker but he's excellent at blitz pick-up. He's a talented, determined runner and a solid pass-catcher. And he's also a humble, team-player who's willing to do anything asked of him. I'm wondering how creative Marrone & Hackett might be in getting him on the field with C.J. Any guesses?
Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:25 AM
Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:43 AM
But, for me anyways, I would love to see some film of the family water polo games held at the Jackson home.
For some reason I think Fred's team most likely wins every game.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:03 AM
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:18 AM
Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:20 AM
Was thinking the same thing. I rarely read the D&C anymore, but clicked on that article. It was totally worthless.
I actually think Fred will be largely phased out, assuming Spiller stays healthy. In other words, maybe 5-6 touches per game.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:26 AM
I hope to see Freddy and CJ in the same huddle with some mystery as to where they'll line up when they come out. Done intelligently, this could stress defenses and meet Hackett's criterion that the best five should be on the field. One play might feature a two-back set. The next play, Freddy lines up the slot. The next play, CJ goes out wide.... Maybe when CJ and Freddy on the field together, CJ is always the tailback while Freddy is the wildcard.
When your best two offensive players are both RBs, I think you need to be a little creative on how you use them. And I think Hackett will.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:28 AM
Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:34 AM
I'm figuring 10% for the #3 RB, QBs, WRs, etc. and 60% for CJ. Assuming he doesn't get too winded.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:49 AM
Posted 02 August 2013 - 11:16 AM
I don't buy into the Fred is going to be phased out and it's going to be all CJ. Fred will be getting a fair share of carries because he'll earn them. Its hard to keep a guy off the field that's kickin' ass. Plus he'll have to be in on passing downs to pass block. CJ can't pass block for ****. And he's a great pass catcher too.
Fred provides a good change of pace and one two punch with his swerviness and power to CJs speed.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 11:27 AM
Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:00 PM
Well, we all know how that turned out.
While this offseason has flipped the order of who is the starter, I'd like to see both Spiller and Freddy getting and least 30 handoffs, with about 5-10 pass targets a game. The best part of the duo is that, while they aren't one dimensional, their strengths are diametrically opposed. Spiller's hallmark is his elusiveness and Freddy's is that, when he's trucking, you have to expect at least a few extra yards after initial contact. Does Spiller get tired? Yes. Is Freddy at increasing injury risk? Yes. So why not have them back each other?
Also, I'd love to see wrinkles where you run Read Option in that setup. I don't if it's possible, but the idea of defenses having to anticipate runs from Spiller, Freddy AND EJ tickles me.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:15 PM
Agree, though I think he gets about 30 to 35 % of the carries. There is no reason not to have both on the field a good amount and force teams to cover our rbs with LBs. they are both giant mismatches. But as you said, his biggest role is leader. I don't think anyone gets more respect in that locker room than Freddy.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:26 PM